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Delta Waterfowl Mid-November Migration Update

Northern areas have experienced unseasonably early winter weather, and waterfowlers in mid-flyway and Southern states are reaping the benefits. Here, the experts at Delta Waterfowl tell you where the action is hot. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Realtree 365, Black Cloud: Migration Heads South

In the third episode of Black Cloud , Dennis and Billy head south to keep pace with the migration. Hard scouting and a decisive move lead to a great mallard morning — and some bling. Check it out. Black Cloud on Realtree 365: Migration Heads South Rating: 4.5 out of...


Why Your Duck Season Has Sucked So Far

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Oct. 29, 2016, on Realtree.com. Sometimes, duck season can turn sour. Months of pre-season planning, shooting and calling practice culminate in a huge thud instead of a breakout year. And after a while, you hit the snooze button more often or question whether hunting...


Realtree 365, Black Cloud: Northern Green: Action Continues in the Dakotas

In the second episode of Realtree365's Black Cloud , Dennis Loosier and Billy Campbell keep rolling during their Dakota tour. And they found a prairie mallard hunt to remember. Check it out. Black Cloud on Realtree 365: Chasing Northern Green Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Produced By: Realtree Digital...


Grandpa Reacts to Internet Duck Hunters

Our old waterfowling sage Grandpa has become more technologically savvy, and lately he’s been perusing Facebook, reading tweets, watching YouTube videos and even scrolling through Instagram. He’s perplexed at the way modern hunters interact via social media. In fact, folks from his generation sometimes view the online duck and goose...


Get Down and Dirty for Tough Mallards

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Aug. 18, 2016, on Realtree.com. We hunt mallards from the warm opening bell of the season until the bitter, frozen end . We chase them across the prairies of Alberta to the bayous of Louisiana, and all points between. All that pressure takes its...


Don’t Overlook These Sure-Kill Goose Strategies

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on Realtree.com on June 16, 2016. On good days, goose hunting can be straightforward. But if you’ve spent enough time in a layout blind, you know honkers don’t always follow the script. In fact, they can be downright frustrating, changing fields daily or almost...


Avoid These Deadly Decoy Mistakes

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on Realtree.com on May 12, 2016. Your decoys are rigged and ready, and you can’t wait to put them to work. But even the best-looking fakes fall flat when they’re not deployed correctly. And if you’re dealing with finicky ducks and geese , even...


7 Hunts That Made Me a Better Duck Hunter

After 40-some years and tens of thousands of hours afield, my memories of individual hunts and specific ducks have mostly faded. But I can still clearly recall a few early encounters with those birds that forced me to improve my waterfowling skills . These are the lessons they taught me...


Some Sounds Duck Hunters Love

Waterfowlers probably depend more on their eyes than their ears when trying to fill limits. But relying only on your vision is a sure way to screw up a hunt. And I’m not talking about calling in birds. I’m talking about noticing nearby birds that you haven’t seen yet. Or...


Duck Hunters You'll Meet This Season on Public Land

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared March 24, 2016, on Realtree.com. A hunting buddy of mine takes the George Carlin approach when categorizing other waterfowlers on public marshes. They’re idiots or maniacs. There might be some truth in that, but I prefer a broader view. In fact, I’ve identified seven...


Delta Waterfowl October 2019 Migration Report

Early-season duck and goose hunting has been good across the northern range of the flyways. And with major cold fronts on the way, action should get even better. Here's what the experts at Delta Waterfowl had to say. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out...


Duck Season Predictions Versus Post-Season Results

Football writers often poke fun at themselves by penning self-deprecating stories comparing their pre-season prognostications to a team’s actual results. The main takeaway is that uncountable variables make it almost impossible to accurately predict how the season might go. Duck hunters do this, too. You might get a feeling for...


Delta Waterfowl Launches HunteR3 Program

A Delta Waterfowl initiative featuring an aggressive suite of programs aims to boost the number of waterfowl hunters in North America. HunteR3 derives its name from Delta’s position as “The Duck Hunter’s Organization” and the wildlife-agency term R3, which stands for retention, recruitment and reactivation. “Baby Boomers are aging out...


Federal Duck Stamp Contest Winner Crowned

An acrylic painting of two black-bellied whistling ducks by Eufala, Alabama, artist Eddie LeRoy recently won the 2019 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. The painting will adorn the 2020-’21 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2020. “These artists are extremely talented, and...


How Much Cover Does Your Duck Blind Need?

Sometimes, when the weather is right, birds are fresh and the sun blazes at your back , you can enjoy great shoots with only sparse cover. But on most days, you must become invisible to paranoid waterfowl. Duck and goose hunters obsess about concealment because the old cliché is true:...


States with the Most Waterfowl Hunters

While waiting at a crowded boat launch or paddling into a marsh filled with headlamps, you might grumble about the number of duck hunters in your state. Maybe you’re right. However, statistics from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service paint a clearer picture of heavily pressured hotspots throughout the country...


Duck Hunting During Unseasonably Wet Years

Capt. Obvious might point out that ducks need water. Likewise, duck hunters depend on water. Some years, however, Mother Nature’s faucet never turns off, inundating the landscape with too much precipitation . And that can create headaches. Overabundant water spreads birds out, letting them use secluded, unpressured spots to feed,...


Soul-Crushing Quotes from the Duck Blind

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on May 11, 2017, on Realtree.com. Call me a grouch, but some statements make me cringe or roll my eyes. Many of those are uttered in a duck blind or goose field. I try to be polite and open-minded, of course, especially when chatting...


Quick Shooting Fixes for Duck Season

You jolt awake, soaked with sweat and still reeling from the dream. A flock of mallards had parachuted into your decoys, seemingly hovering in the breeze at 20 yards and begging for steel. Yet as you emptied your shotgun, nothing fell. You didn’t cut a feather. “I didn’t shoot at...


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